Do you ever fight with a brother or sister? Or maybe with a friend? Maybe you argue or pick on each other, or even punch or pinch. Your parents try to get you to make up with each other, don’t they? Your parents don’t like the fighting!

In the story of the Prodigal Son, the father tries to make things right between the brothers. And that is just what our Father in heaven wants. He wants us to make peace with each other. He doesn’t want all that fighting! Let’s try not to be jealous or angry at each other, but let’s be ready to love our brothers and sisters like our Father loves us!

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Saint John the Harvester: A nickname that stuck
Do you have a nickname? Maybe your friends call you something because of a funny story that happened to you? Sometimes those nicknames can stick with you through your whole life! On Wednesday, we’ll celebrate Saint John the Harvester (Theristis). How did he get that name? Well, Saint John was a monk who, one day, went out into the fields to work. Suddenly, a storm hit, and all the workers ran away to protect themselves. But when they came back, the corn had been cut and tied up. That miracle gave him the nickname, “the Harvester,” because through his prayers, they harvested the crops!


Presvytera Alexandra Houck

Presvytera Alexandra Houck created The Children's Word bulletin so children will know they are not only welcome in church, but even more, an essential part of the Church family. She hopes the weekly bulletin will be just one more way we can make kids feel at home in church. Presvytera Alexandra is a graduate of Duke University and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Her husband, Fr. Jason Houck, is a priest at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, MN. Presvytera Alexandra and Fr. Jason have five small children: Lydia, Paul, Silas, Philip, and Sarah. Presvytera Alexandra grew up attending Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville, North Carolina with her nine siblings.


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